Houston County grand jury indicts former home health worker for prescription fraud

Houston County grand jury indicts former home health worker for prescription fraud
Dana Killian (Source: Houston County Jail)
Dana Killian (Source: Houston County Jail)

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County grand jury indicted a former home health worker in connection to allegations that she picked up the victim's prescription medication and replaced some of it with Bayer aspirin that had the identification markings removed.

Melinda Kay Hall, of Crockett, was indicted for third-degree felony prescription fraud, two counts of forgery against elderly, debit or credit card abuse against the elderly, and exploitation of the elderly.

Hall was arrested on third-degree felony prescription fraud and third-degree felony tampering with serial numbers back in early February.

"This individual was supposedly taking care of us, and come to find out, she had taken some of my medicine," said Maxine Bradley, the alleged victim.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Houston County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call about medication that appeared to have been tampered with at a home in the 300 block of Sycamore Street in Latexo on Feb. 4.

One day, while Bradley's medicine was delivered, another nurse was present and counted the medicine and realized something didn't add up.

"During the counting, she found out it was 10 short, and there had been pills replaced in the bottle," Bradley said.

Further investigation revealed that Hall, a certified nursing assistant, went to the Walmart Pharmacy to pick up the victim's prescription pain medication, and at some point before she returned to the Latexo home, she removed some of the prescription pain medication and replaced it with Bayer aspirin that had its identification markings removed, the affidavit stated.

The Houston County grand jury also indicted Dana Ray Killian, of Palestine, on an online solicitation of a minor.

Killian was one of three East Texas men who were arrested in early August as the result of a week-long investigation by the Texas Attorney General's Child Exploitation Division, the Houston County Sheriff's Office, and the Houston Fugitive Apprehension Unit.

According to a press release, using the persona of a 15-year-old female, an undercover investigation was conducted on a social networking application. Killian sent sexually explicit messages to the "child" and solicited her to meet for purposes of engaging in deviate sexual intercourse, the press release stated.

Killian allegedly traveled to the predetermined meeting location in Crockett where he was taken into custody by OAG investigators. During an interview, Killian admitted to conversing with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old female and to traveling to Crockett to meet her, the press release stated. 
According to investigators, at the time of his arrest, Killian was a correctional officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the Michael Unit in Anderson County. Killian's criminal past includes driving while intoxicated in 1997.

The other two men who were arrested in the sting, Richard Brent Allred, of Lufkin, and Alan Ray Brown, of Longview, were indicted at a previous meeting of the Houston County grand jury. Their respective cases are still pending.

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